Daria Kasatkina defeats Emma Raducanu in straight sets to reach second round of Agel Open


OSTRAVA, Czech Republic — Fifth-seeded Daria Kasatkina defeated 2021 US Open champion Emma Raducanu 7-5, 6-4 Tuesday to advance to the second round of the Agel Open.

Kasatkina was playing her first match since losing in the first round of the US Open and will next face Ekaterina Alexandrova in an all-Russian second round.

Sixth-seeded Belinda Bencic of Switzerland rallied to eliminate former top-five player Eugenie Bouchard of Canada 6-7 (7), 6-1, while Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Belarus upset eighth-seeded Jelena Ostapenko 6-2, 6-2.

American qualifiers Alycia Parks and Catherine McNally both advanced. Parks upset Czech Karolina Pliskova 6-0, 7-6 (3) and McNally eased past Anna Blinkova 6-1, 6-2 at the indoor hardcourt event in the Czech eastern city of Ostrava.

Source: espn.com

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